Students take a turn on Texting and Driving Simulator this week at TSTC

(West Texas) – Reality Education for Drivers will be at TSTC West Texas Campuses for their YOLO (You Only Live Once) campaign. The group is bringing awareness to the dangers of texting and driving. Don’t believe how dangerous it is? Test it out yourself in the texting and driving simulator this week at a TSTC campus near you. Sweetwater Campus: Tuesday, February 19, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Student Center ConcourseAbilene Campus: Wednesday, February 20, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Conference RoomBreckenridge Campus: Thursday, February 21, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Technology Center, Room 129.Brownwood Campus: Took place on Monday, February 18, 2013.Information about Distracted Driving from the group:No one plans to be in a motor vehicle crash.Yet, the choices people make, and their failure to plan ahead often put them in danger of being a victim of a crash. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicles send 2.3 million driver and passengers to emergency rooms each year. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death of persons under the age of 25. In Texas, according to the Texas Department of Transportation’s 2011 data, motor vehicle crashes killed 3,015 people in Texas and injured over 211,000 others, 79,573 of them seriously.No one plans to get into a crash, but they still happen every day. Crashes are based on choices we make and failure to recognize and avoid dangerous behaviors. The Texas Reality Education for Drivers Program—RED—works with young drivers and their families to educate them on many of the dangerous choices they make and provides sound, simple alternatives so they don’t become statistics.Working with hospitals, colleges, schools, and community groups, RED provides experiential learning opportunities to these groups with a goal that no Texan be admitted to a trauma center because of a motor vehicle crash.Texas RED is coming to TSTC West Texas the week of February 18, and will feature a computer-based driving simulator and information on some of the leading factors that contribute to motor vehicle crashes. In particular, RED will give students an opportunity to experience the dangers of distracted or impaired driving on the simulator while they are aware enough to understand these dangers and gain an appreciation of how much safer other choices are.Participants will also have an opportunity to pick up valuable information about driving risks, take a safe driving assessment, complete a personal safety plan and get some nice prizes for their time.Crashes involve choice. If you do not want to be in crash, what choices are you willing to make to avoid them? What is your plan?